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February 8, 2017

Boy Scout Troop 146 to mark 50



Gas tax makes no ‘cents’ By Scott Frith Gov. Bill Haslam has announced a wide-ranging tax proposal that would add 7 cents per gallon on gasoline and 12 cents per gallon on diesel fuel. As part of the governor’s plan, the sales tax on groceries would be lowered by one-half a perScott Frith cent (a 50-cent decrease on a $100 grocery bill) and the Hall income tax decreased. Most would agree that Tennessee’s bridges need work. Although our state ranks near the top of states in highway quality, we lie near the bottom in bridge health. In fact, one study by TRIP, a transportation research and lobbying firm, found that 19 percent of Tennessee’s bridges are “structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.” Supporters of the gas tax increase say that new revenue is needed to repair bridges and fund a backlog of state road projects. Also, they argue it’s only fair that drivers (who use the roads) pay for road improvements. That’s the problem. A gas tax isn’t fair at all. Gas taxes are among the most regressive forms of taxation. Whether you’re a millionaire, a senior on a fixed income, or a family barely getting by every month, a gas tax increase will cost you more money. If you’re rich (or comfortably middle class), you probably won’t notice any increase. However, if your family is worried about the cash for your next fill-up at the gas station, any tax increase hits hard in the pocketbook. Tax increases are always politically problematic, but a gas tax increase is even more treacherous. Has the Haslam administration not considered the optics of a billionaire governor (who happens to own a fuel center empire) increasing taxes on the poorest Tennesseans to pay for better roads? Even worse, Haslam’s plan decreases the Hall income tax, a tax on interest from bonds and dividends from stocks, which would inevitably benefit rich Tennesseans. The campaign attack ads against these folks write themselves. Of course, it’s important to remember that Gov. Haslam’s

with July bash By Kelly Norrell Boy Scout Troop 146, based at Middlebrook Pike United Methodist Church, is marking a very special birthday this year – its 50th Jubilee. To celebrate, the troop will host a pig roast at the church at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 8. Anyone who has known or been involved in the troop is invited to come, said parent coordinator Kimberly Turn-

mire. The festive day will include a fun run, events like the timed packing of a backpack, and a ceremony honoring the more than 46 Eagle Scouts who came from the troop. Troop 146 is asking the community for help. It requests that all former members of Troop 146 and Cub Scout Pack 146, Eagle Scouts, past scout leaders and community friends send Turnmire their con-

tact information, so she can keep them posted. But that’s not all. “We would love for former members to send videos and old pictures. We want their memories of what scouting meant to them,” Turnmire said. Contact her at The troop has quite a legacy in Knoxville, having served more than 400 scouts and involved many scoutmasters and assistant

Attorney Andrew Roberto, 40, is a candidate The family attends Cokesbury for Knoxville City Council from District 2, the United Methodist Church. district currently represented by Vice Mayor “I believe in Knoxville,” Duane Grieve, who is term-limited. he said in his announcement press release. “My future is Roberto is a partner with The Lawyers of Brown & Roberto. He resigned as a Knox here. My family and I have County election commissioner to seek the been blessed by our communipost. He grew up in Knox County, attending ty and I want to work to secure Farragut High School and graduating from those blessings for all of us.” UT (1999) and UT College of Law (2002). The first day for potential Roberto A resident of West Hills, his daughters attend candidates to pick up nominaWest Valley Middle School and Bearden High. tion petitions is Feb. 17, with the primary Aug.

By Sandra Clark Madeline Rogero’s degree in urban and regional planning is very handy as she starts her sixth year as Knoxville’s mayor. When she spoke at North Knox Rotary the other day, she listed several plans. Parks and greenways? Plan. Public safety? Plan. South Knoxville? Plan. She’s the perfect extender of former Mayor Bill Haslam’s plans; but, of course, as director of community development for Haslam, she helped write them. “We started at the core and are moving out,” she says. Credit Haslam with the revitalization of downtown Knoxville. Rogero is re-creating the major corridors to benefit businesses and neighborhoods around them: Chapman Highway, Magnolia Avenue, North Broadway and Cumberland Avenue.

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“We leverage public funds to draw private development,” she says. “I have three more years – 1,060 days or so – to maximize accomplishments. “We’ve got a plan for connecting greenways; we’ve developed the Urban Wilderness and the outstanding Lakeshore Park.” Not mentioned but important, Rogero hired engineers to fix the problems at Fountain City Lake. She joked that Knoxville has so many breweries that we might be called “the ale trail,” and she was back in Fountain City last week to announce a $6.4 million federal grant to improve traffic flow. She spoke at a windy bus stop. The plan, she said, is to install smart, interconnected traffic control signals on Broadway, Chapman Highway and Kingston Pike. The system will analyze where cars are backing up and make sec-

29 and general election Nov. 7. District candidates are nominated from a district with the top two vote-getters then running citywide. Roberto currently chairs The Salvation Army’s local advisory board. In recognition of his service, the organization gave him its Partner in Mission award in 2012. He was only the 33rd person nationwide to receive this honor, he says. He is a board member of the Sertoma Center and has volunteered with the Epilepsy Foundation and Celebrate Recovery.

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Spirit of Praise Ensemble attends presidential inauguration By Kelly Norrell The gifts of music at CAK recently reached to Washington, D.C.! When the school’s Spirit of Praise Ensemble visited the nation’s capital Jan. 18-21, students attended the inauguration of 45th President Donald Trump and participated in a musical competition at George Mason University. “Seeing politicians I have read about and former presidents was surreal,” said senior Olivia Williams, 17. But a visit to the Armed Forces Retirement Home, whose residents are all elderly veterans of the U.S. Armed Services, may have moved the students most, said music director Amy Brock. “When we got on the bus afterward, all of them said, ‘This was my favorite thing we’ve done in ensemble.’ To get to know veterans, and to hear stories and make relationships with them, was really special.” Brock planned the travel itinerary last March, with an eye to combining music and history. The 18-member ensemble, “the cream of the crop” of the talented CAK vocal department, travels to performances and attends adjudications. Timing the trip around the inauguration, Brock also contacted the U.S. Armed Services Home and asked if the ensemble could perform. “To sing for veterans gives a history opportunity and a musical opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” she said. Wearing tuxedos and long dresses, Spirit of Praise delivered a stellar, 40-minute performance for the residents that included the best of their repertoire. The veterans resonated to all the songs, including “I’ll Fly Away,” which inspired one resident to join in. Other pieces included “Ride On, King Jesus” by Moses Hogan, “Be Still” by Mary McDonald, “With a Thousand Alleluias” by Benjamin Harlan, and “The Lord Bless You and Keep You,” the ensemble’s signature closing song. When the choir sang the national anthem, the men all responded. “They all stood and saluted, and some struggled to stand,” said CAK junior Lily Gray, 16. When the program was over, the students stayed for about an hour and

CAK music director Amy Brock and the Spirit of Praise Ensemble attended the presidential inauguration and performed at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, D.C. Photo submitted

Music director Amy Brock helps students build their individual music skills and develop techniques of working in a choir.

Sophomore Ryan Cross, 15, getting to know a resident of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, D.C.

a half, getting to know the residents. Students said trips like this are but one of many powerful benefits of participating in CAK music and the ensemble. “I think it is a family mentality among us. We have a lot of great friendships with one another and our teacher, who is like a surrogate mother,” said Nathaniel Calloway, 17, a sophomore. Junior Pat Meschendorf, 17, likes

that the ensemble has a student piano accompanist – junior Elise DeNicola, 17, who travels with the ensemble and sometimes sings also. Senior Riley Poe, 17, said being at a Christian school aids study of sacred music. “Because we are free to discuss religion and sacred music, we are able to bring genuine musicality to the pieces. Jesus is really important to all of us, so making music to him and through him is very special.”

The ensemble practices in the music room at CAK. Photos by Kelly Norrell

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Boy Scouts Ben Duncan, Harry Crist, Inesh Nambiar and Ayden Laing prepare to leave for Camp Silver Moccasin with their troop last June.

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“When I was in from 1986-1992, we always had scholarships available for the many trips we took. We still offer this as an opportunity for scouts who can’t afford to take trips or might not have the funds for basic equipment and uniforms.” Piercy, who joined Troop 146 as a student at Bearden Middle School, said caring scoutmasters made the strongest initial impression on him. “I learned character from my first scoutmaster. He had a wealth of knowledge. He taught me how to

survive, how to be a man, set goals and then how to meet them.” Now Piercy has a reputation for kindness and innovation as a Scout leader. In one example, he planned Camp Silver Moccasin, a weeklong camp just for the troop last June at Bandy Creek at Big South Fork National Park. The camp, which featured swimming, hiking, merit badge classes and instruction on wild animals from a park ranger, had another great benefit: flexibility.

Assistant Scoutmaster Jeffrey Turnmire, parent coordinator Kimberly Turnmire, and Assistant Scoutmaster Allen Piercy stand watch over a gathering of Troop 146 at Middlebrook Pike United Methodist Church. “It was little more fluid. We could push dinner up or back half an hour. We have several boys with special needs and we could adjust to their needs. That was quite handy,” said Turnmire. Today Troop 146, led by Scoutmaster Les Beaver,

continues the tradition of community service and fellowship, with an emphasis on teaching boys to become leaders. Recent service projects include cleanup at Bearden Middle School and Ijams Nature Center, projects to honor veterans,

and, with Cub Scout Pack 146, the Scouting for Food hunger relief effort. Last year the boys exceeded their goal of collecting a ton of food. “We owe so much to our local community of West Hills and our chartered or-

ganization, Middlebrook Pike United Methodist Church. Our adult leaders, who are all volunteers, put in countless hours to help these outstanding young men learn skills to encourage personal growth,” Turnmire said.

The Hills are alive . . . and very healthy By Joanna Henning Kevin and Cheryl Hill have no shortage of passion when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. In fact, they have made it their mission to help teach others just how easy it is to live the healthiest life possible. The couple will open the newest location for Uncle Lem’s Mountain Outfitters on Sevier Avenue this spring, and the store will feature an entire section dedicated to health and nutrition. In 2015, when their daughter Olivia was 3, the Hills took her for a hearing test because she wasn’t speaking as clearly as their son. She was also suffering with massive amounts of nasal congestion, sneezing and other allergy symptoms, but the test results kept coming back normal, and none of the medical professionals seemed able to diagnose the problem. “We took her to her pediatrician and two ear, nose and throat specialists who wanted to remove her tonsils and adrenals, and put ear tubes in,” Cheryl explains. Exasperated by the situ-

ronment. Eating Clean also meant removing all refined sugars, chemical additives, preservatives, nonorganic, non GMO foods and of course, the elimination of dairy and gluten. After a year, the entire family saw drastic improvements in their health. Kevin says, “I felt like I woke up from a 20-year fog! I stopped feeling sluggish and sick all the time. I had so much energy without caf-

ation, Cheryl and Kevin decided to try Olivia on a gluten-free and dairy-free diet, and the results of their decision were mind-blowing. Cheryl says that, “. . . after just four days without dairy or gluten, Olivia was like a different person. She stopped sneezing, and there was no more of that congestion and discharge.” Kevin and Cheryl were

so inspired by Olivia’s blossoming health that they decided to make the whole family dairy and gluten free. They read books and watched countless documentaries about Eating Clean: a lifestyle change that encourages the complete removal of processed and refined foods from the diet as well as eliminating toxins from the home envi-

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gas tax plan is only a proposal. There’s no guarantee it will ever see the light of day in Nashville. (Remember, Haslam proposed Insure Tennessee and that plan went nowhere.) Expect a lot of alternative proposals to emerge in the coming weeks. Here’s the bottom line. Few Republican legislators fear a Democratic opponent. However, any Republican voting for a gas tax increase should worry about an anti-tax Republican primary opponent in the 2018 elections. Voting for a gas tax increase puts a bull’s-eye on every tax-hiking legislator. Campaign donations from road builders

(and friends of the governor) might not be enough to ensure their re-election. But politics aside, it just isn’t right to fund road improvements on the backs of the poorest Tennesseans while also reducing the Hall income tax, which benefits the wealthiest. Here’s hoping state leaders reject this gas tax increase and find another way to improve Tennessee’s bridges and roadways. Say no to a gas tax increase. It doesn’t make “cents.” Scott Frith is a local attorney. You can visit his website at

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Book sale at TVUUC By Kelly Norrell

Want a great deal on books, puzzles and DVDs? Visit the Annual Alliance Book Sale at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 8 am.-2 p.m. The event will be in the church Fellowship Hall. Hardback books are $2, said organizer Faye Joyce. For only $1 you can buy paperbacks, CDs, puzzles and vinyl records. The selection is good too. “We usually have old books as well as today’s best-sellers,” Joyce said. And you can’t beat the ambience. The Greater Knoxville Recorder Society will provide live Renaissance music 11-1. Surprises may be the best part. “A special find for Teens at the 2016 Mitzvah Day packed backpacks for Syrian refugees. This year they will join teens at the Muslim Community of someone in the past was a Knoxville in a project. Photo submitted complete set of Monty Py-

‘Mitzvah Day’ to marshal good works By Kelly Norrell The Knoxville Jewish Alliance will host a community-wide Mitzvah Day on Sunday, Feb. 12, from 9:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. at the Arnstein Jewish Community Center, 6800 Deane Hill Drive. In the Jewish tradition, a mitzvah is literally a “commandment” to perform good deeds and not just talk about being good. This day of uniting volunteers of all ages to serve Knoxville has been a yearly event since 2007, said Deborah Oleshansky, KJA director. She said events will begin with a 9:30 a.m. ceremony and performance by the Pond Gap University Assisted Community School Choir.

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thon movies, and they sold for one or two dollars each,” said coordinator Dan Bing. “There also have been some impressive coffee table volumes such as ‘Prehistoric Life,’ ‘5000 Years of Textiles,’ and a volume of Ansel Adams’ photographs.” The book sale is the sole fundraising project of the TVUUC Alliance. All proceeds go to the church, which has spent funds in the past on hand railings in the parking lot, a commercial dishwasher in the kitchen; trees for the Memorial Garden, and a bathroom to serve guests from Family Promise. Admission is free. Questions can be directed to Faye Joyce at joyce_faye@ or Dan Bing at Info: TVUUC, 2931 Kingston Pike, (865) 5234176

10 a.m. Info: info@graceknox. or 865-2811500 ■■ Messiah Lutheran Church, 6900 Kingston Pike, will host “Caring for All Creation” choral concert, 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12. Choirs from Messiah Lutheran Church, Church of the Savior, Clinton Chapel AME Zion Church and St. Mark UMC will perform. Info: Tennessee Interfaith Power & Light, ■■ Solway UMC, 3300 Guinn Road, hosts a women’s Bible study 10 a.m. each Thursday. The group is led by Cindy Day. Info: 661-1178.

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Interior castles Now these are their dwelling places throughout their castles in their coasts. … (1 Chronicles 6:54 KJV)

Pictured are (front) Daniel Unthank, Shepard Strange, Nathan Jackson, Mayne DeVault, Pierce Stiltner, Jack Felton and Devin Jones; (back) Mike Capps; Boys & Girls Club president/CEO Bart McFadden; Brett Jackson, Randy DeVault, Randy Stiltner, John Felton, event coordinator Mary McAlexander. Photo by Ruth White

Boys & Girls Club shoots for a cure

The Boys & Girls Club sports camp program hosts a free throw contest called Shoot for the Cure each year to help raise money for breast cancer research. This year the group raised close to $1,750 for the cause. The shootout features players in the individual event from the coed instruc-

tional league and the training league and the Family Feud event featuring a parent/child team from both leagues. Coed instructional league finalist was Mayne DeVault, and the champion was Daniel Unthank, who hit 20/20 free throws; training league finalist was Devin Jones and the champion was

Shepard Strange. In the Family Feud, coed instructional league finalists were Nathan Jackson and Brett Jackson and the champions were Mayne DeVault and Randy DeVault. Training league Family Feud finalists were Jack Felton and John Felton and champions were Pierce Stiltner and Randy Stiltner.

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It was St. Teresa of Avila who coined the phrase “interior castles.” She was a nun who lived in Avila, Spain. Amid the castles of Spain, St. Teresa built her own mental castles: Her prayers, thoughts, beliefs, convictions were formed, shaped, and honed by that place and by her intellect and her faith. Her most famous writing, Nada Te Turbe (Let Nothing Disturb You), was a prayer found in her breviary, written in her own hand in 1577 and published in 1588. I am intrigued by that phrase. Now I have never been one to go ballistic, to saddle up and ride off in all directions, but I freely admit that some things do disturb me! (I will refrain from listing them here, because a) why should I burden you with my complaints, and b) I am sure you have your own.) There are some battles I am willing to fight, but there are a great many smaller squabbles in

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The First Pet By Kip Oswald Welcome back, friends, to my series of articles on White House pets, or “First Pets” as I am calling them. I had to take a social studies test last week in Kip class about our constitution and how laws are passed. I made 100 on the test, but I really wanted to add a question about how presidents can grant pardons. You see, one of the most famous pets was a turkey that was given to President Abraham Lincoln for the family to feast on at Christmas in 1863. Tad, the president’s 8-year-old son, named the turkey Jack, and played with him on the White House lawn. So when Tad found out the turkey was to be Christmas dinner, he begged his dad to save him. President Lincoln interrupted a cabinet meeting and issued a presidential “stay of execution” for the turkey who then became the family pet! It is now tradition for the president to issue a pardon for a turkey each Thanksgiving. Jack was not the only pet that avoided being eaten as a White House meal!

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Rebecca, a raccoon, was the favorite pet of Calvin Coolidge, our 30th president. The Mississippi town of Peru sent this raccoon to the White House for Thanksgiving dinner in 1926. The Coolidge family found her to be friendly and playful, so they decided to keep her as a pet instead. They built her a special house, and the president was known to walk around with Rebecca draped around his neck, while his wife carried her in her arms like a cat. Once, when the White House was being remodeled, the president even sent a limousine to pick up the raccoon so she wouldn’t be lonely. Now both these families had other pets as well. The Lincolns had normal pets besides Jack the turkey, like dogs and horses, but they also had two goats they called Nany and Nanko. Tad was allowed to let them sleep with him in his bed and run through the White House. (I am going to write more on Tad in my First Kids articles). The Coolidges had dogs and cats but many odd pets, like lion cubs, a pygmy hippo, and Smoky, the bobcat, who was the largest bobcat ever captured in Tennessee. All the wild animals were donated to the zoo . More First Pets next week. Send comments to

Dancer Addison Harper, who stars as Anne Bonny in “The Barbarosa.” Photo by Lisa Hall McKee

Go! Contemporary Dance Works presents an unusual pirate story By Carol Z. Shane We all love a good pirate story, but how many female pirates can you name? Now’s your chance to learn about one when Go! Contemporary Dance Works presents “The Barbarosa … the Full Story of the Legendary Pirate Anne Bonny.” Born Anne McCormac toward the end of the 17th century in County Cork, Ireland, Bonny was the illegitimate daughter of lawyer William McCormac and his servant, Mary Brennan. She came to Charleston, S.C., with her family when her father’s attempts to outrun his adulterous scandal failed in his homeland. Known for her red hair, fiery temper and rumored childhood acts of violence, Bonny married small-time pirate James Bonny as a young teen. The couple headed for Nassau in the Bahamas, where she eventually left Bonny to marry John “Calico Jack” Rackham, captain of the pirate ship Revenge. Thus began her notorious career as a real life pirate of the Caribbean. Go! artistic director Lisa Hall McKee, who creates cutting-edge productions

combining classical ballet with more avant-garde forms, has framed Bonny’s story in dance and spectacle. Choreographed by Leah Pinder, there are playful scenes of Bonny as a young girl as well as nightmarish dream sequences and plenty of good old shipboard swordplay. “We balanced the dark with the light,” says McKee, “but we didn’t get so artsy that we skipped what people want to see.” Harper Addison, a recent San Francisco transplant who stars as Bonny, agrees. “There are lots of good fights!” Addison is enjoying her first production in her new hometown, and McKee appreciates the fact that the dancer has “grit” as well as playfulness. Plus, “she’s awfully good at slinging swords around! “Our mission is to bring people to see dance who wouldn’t normally come,” says McKee. “The Barbarosa” is the perfect chance to introduce yourself or your kids to the art. “It’s big, it’s huge, it’s grand. There are ropes, nets, lots of aerial action. It’s a very strong contemporary piece.” To page 7

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Principal Susan Dunlap and Knox County Trustee Ed Shouse urged all the new Bearden student council representatives and officers to keep running for public office.

Lana Grace Fields promises Ed Shouse to fulfill the office of president and to uphold the stan- Fourth-grader Ryan Larrabee shakes Ed Shouse’s hand after being installed secretary of the Bearden Elementary student council. dards of Bearden Elementary student council.

Ed Shouse installs student officers Celebrating Bearden Elementary student council officer installations are adviser Sarah Hamilton; Lana Grace Fields, president; Mary Caroline Bowman, vice president; Marguerite Mary, treasurer; Ryan Larrabee, secretary; principal Susan Dunlap and Knox County Trustee Ed Shouse. Photos by Kelly Norrell

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By Kelly Norrell Bearden Elementary fifth grader Lana Grace Fields made her debut as an elected official recently when Ed Shouse, Knox County trustee, installed her into office. In a Feb. 2 ceremony at the school, Shouse declared her installed as president of the Bearden Elementary student council – after she raised her hand and promised to faithfully do her duties. As principal Susan Dunlap, parents and student council representatives watched, Shouse also installed fifth-grader Mary Caroline Bowman, vice president, fourth-grader

Ryan Larrabee, secretary, and fifth-grader Marguerite Mary, treasurer. Each of the officers was elected after hard work. After winning student council representative seats, they ran for office, campaigning with posters, speeches and visits to each class. “I’ve been through a few campaigns. I know how hard it is and how overwhelming it can be, especially if you think you are going to lose,” said Shouse, who has served on both the Knox County Commission and the Knoxville City Council. He urged the students to continue running

for public office. Shouse has installed Bearden Elementary student council officers for the last eight years, ever since his son, Joe, served as first student council president. Now Joe is a freshman at

Go! Contemporary Dance Works’ production of “The Barbarosa … the Full Story of the Legendary Pirate Anne Bonny” will be presented at 8 p.m. Saturday,

LIBRARY NOTES ■■ Saturday Stories and Songs: David Blivens, 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. Info: 470-7033. ■■ New Play Readings: “When Blackbirds Sing,” 11 a.m.-noon Saturday, Feb. 18, Bearden Branch Library, 100 Golfclub Road. Presented by the Tennes-

Feb. 11 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12 at the Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay St. in Knoxville. Tickets/info: 865-539-2475 or visit gocontemporary see Stage Company. Info: 588-8813. ■■ New Play Readings: “Okra,” 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, Farragut Branch Library, 417 N. Campbell Station Road. Presented by the Tennessee Stage Company. Info: 777-1750. ■■ Saturday Stories and Songs: Emagene Reagen, 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. Info: 470-7033.

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Mary Utopia Rothrock: Innovative librarian Books are a way up and a way out. – Michael Dirda, senior editor, Book World, The Washington Post, 2001 How true! Books really are a way up and a way out. Mary U. Rothrock (18901976) proved that axiom during her 24 years as head librarian at the Lawson McGhee Library and during her 14 years with the Tennessee Valley Authority Library. When she was supervisor of library services at TVA (1934-1948), she instituted an innovative system for providing “do-it-yourself” guides and other books to employees and their families at the various construction sites. Often boxes of books would arrive along with boxes of tools at remote locations throughout the valley. She knew that books promoted enhanced job skills and provided pleasure and she wanted ambitious workers to have access to them. TVA was Appalachia’s “Marshall Plan,” and its network of dams gave impetus to the area’s emergence from the Great Depression (1929-1940) and made Alcoa and Oak Ridge and other developments possible. Rothrock’s initiatives assisted the recovery and evolved into systems that enabled rural areas in several southeastern states to provide library service. Later, her innovations earned her the prestigious Lippincott Award and her “rare vision and intelligence” were cited during its presentation. Mary Utopia Rothrock was born on Sept. 19, 1890, in the hamlet of Trenton (pop. 1,293) in Gibson County in northwest Tennessee. She was the young-

Knox County librarian and worked to consolidate the city and county libraries into one system. She retired Jim in 1955 but continued to Tumblin maintain a very active interest in local history and spent many pleasant days at her mountain home on Roaring Fork in Gatlinburg. est of five children of Rev. John Thomas Rothrock, a Mary Utopia Rothrock Presbyterian minister, and passed away on Jan. 30, 1976, at her home on KingsUtopia Ada (Herron) Rothrock. Pvt. J.T. Rothrock ton Pike. She was buried had survived the Civil War Knoxville Public Library on Market at Commerce (1917-1971). Its in Old Gray Cemetery, suras a member of Gen. Nathan design by Grant Miller of Chicago’s Patton and Miller architec- vived by a niece and several B. Forrest’s brigade in Hol- tural firm had “horizontality” features like the Sullivan-Wright nephews. man’s 11th Tennessee Cav- Prairie-Style. Many felt it was an outstanding example of the Her friend and fellow lialry. brarian Lucile Deaderick best in architecture. After completing grade observed of her: She brought school and college preparato (her) profession a keen When C.M. McClung design of streets on Summit mind and broad intellectual tory school, Mary matriculated at Vanderbilt Univer- died, she encouraged his Hill and was so venerated interests, a hard-headed sity and attained her B.S. in widow to donate his person- that protest about its over- approach to problems, and 1911 and her M.S. in 1912. al library of some 4,000 vol- night destruction led to the a sensitive appreciation of She then attended the New umes of books and numer- founding of Knox Heritage. people. This combination York State Library School ous historical papers. That (That old library holds of qualities guaranteed her in Albany and received her collection became the cen- fond memories for the au- great professional success, B.S. in Library Science in terpiece of today’s McClung thor as it was there that and under Rothrock’s leadHistorical Collection, the the then high school stu1914. After graduation she be- most comprehensive source dent discovered Francis T. came head of the Circulation for East Tennessee history Miller’s 10-volume “PhotoDepartment of the Cossitt to be found anywhere. graphic History of the Civil Upon her arrival in War,” which kindled his inPublic Library in Memphis. In 1916, longtime Library Knoxville, Rothrock imme- terest in that era of AmeriTrustee Calvin M. McClung diately became involved in can history that lasts to the (1855-1919) was designated the planning for the move present day.) By Shannon Carey by the board of Lawson Mc- to the new library at MarAs early as 1922 RoRetired Central High Ghee Library to look for a ket and Commerce (Sum- throck recognized the need S c h o o l new head librarian for the mit Hill). The design was for branch libraries and baseball new free public library. The by Grant Miller of the pres- established the first one in coach Bud old subscription library had tigious Chicago firm of Pat- Park City in 1925 followed Bales was just been reborn as a tax- ton and Miller Architects by others in Lonsdale, Burls t r u c k supported public library. who utilized the so-called ington, North Knoxville and speech le ss Most of the existing funds of Chicago Style with elements Vestal. when he rethe older library were used of “horizontality” typical of Rothrock could not received a call in the construction of the Louis Sullivan’s and Frank sist the challenge when the informing new public library building. Lloyd Wright’s Prairie Style. Tennessee Valley Authority him that he When McClung visited Miller would later design asked her to become their Bud Bales would be inMemphis in 1916 to begin several buildings for the Supervisor of Libraries in ducted into the TSSAA Hall his search, he was immedi- University of Tennessee, in- 1934. She joined the mas- of Fame this April. All he ately impressed by “(a) little cluding Ayers Hall. sive project and held her could say was, “Thank you.” The building was occu- position until her resignared headed librarian,” Mary Bales’ coaching career U. Rothrock, and offered pied in January 1917 and tion in 1948 but remained spanned 26 seasons, 1974her the job. She worked remained Knoxville’s Main their consultant until 1951. 2000. With a 509-207 rewith McClung and his wife, Library until 1971, when the While at TVA she developed cord, numerous district and Barbara Adair McClung, on current building at Church the aforementioned multi- regional titles, plus that both library and local his- and Walnut was built. The county rural library pro- golden 1990 team that went tory projects until his death old library had become a gram that has been a model 31-0 to win the state AAA victim of the extensive re- throughout the Southeast, championship, it’s no wonin 1919. the achievement that der Bales will grace the Hall earned her the Lippincott of Fame. A number of his Award (1938). players went on to play MaShe returned to pub- jor League baseball, includlic library work in 1949 as ing Todd Helton and Bubba *

Innovative changes Mary Utopia Rothrock made in the Knoxville-Knox County Libraries and at the TVA Library were modeled throughout the Southeast and resulted in a vast expansion of library services that were a benefit to the public. Photographs courtesy of the McClung Historical Collection

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There’s a new home for Legal Aid with the school to give law students the opportunity Even as boxes were being to work with real clients, unpacked and offices were benefiting both. UT law stubeing organized, work went dents also provide pro bono on for staff at Legal Aid services, along with private of East Tennessee as they practice attorneys who volmoved into their new locaunteer thousands of hours tion at 607 West Summit of time every year. Hill Drive. Serving 26 counties in In the planning for sev- Debra House George Shields East Tennessee for over 50 eral years, former LAET executive director David The renovations preserved years, LAET’s mission is Yoder worked with the city architectural details while to provide civil justice for of Knoxville, Old City Hall making it a workable space low-income and vulnerable Knoxville Partnership and with state-of-the-art tech- people. A staff of about 60 lawyers and 15 paralegals the Lincoln Memorial Uni- nology. Located on the grounds handle cases involving doversity-Duncan School of Law to renovate and lease of the Duncan School of mestic and elder abuse, the historic Stair building. Law, LAET has partnered housing, disability and veterans’ issues. The legal help is free to qualified applicants, but inNews from Office of Register of Deeds valuable to the low-income population it serves. More than 1 million Tennesseans live in poverty, with about lion worth of property was one-third of those in East By Sherry Witt After a strong ending to sold in the county. Lending markets also 2016, local real estate had reason for optimism as and lend- about $314 million was borBy Tom King ing markets rowed against real estate in There are fundraisers gawasted no January. In 2016, just $220 time get- million was loaned. lore. But when it’s a “FUN”By far the largest real ting off to Raiser, well, a fine start estate transfer in January it’s just plain for the new involved multiple parcels in fun! The Royear. For the the Dowell Springs complex tary Club of Witt month end- off Middlebrook Pike. The B e a r d e n ’s ing Tuesday, Jan. 31, there properties brought $70.6 “Big Game were 732 property transfers million. On the lending Show Night: recorded in Knox County – side, the largest transacCelebrating well short of the 1,020 filed tion recorded was a Deed Nonprofits” in December, but comfort- of Trust in the amount of Tom King on Friday, ably ahead of last January’s $30.18 million filed on real March 3, total of 661. It was also the estate formerly known as will be a high-energy evehighest number of property the News Sentinel Building ning that honors those emsales recorded in January on State Street in downtown ployees who toil at various Knoxville. since 2007. nonprofits in Knoxville. As markets continue The total value of land Bearden Rotary vice prestransferred during the month their long recovery from the ident Wayne Underwood is was $228.7 million, com- housing collapse of 2008, heading up this 6:30 p.m. pared to December’s $244 the data seem to indicate event at Buddy’s Banquet million, and outpacing Janu- that both sales and lending Hall. Companies and indiary 2016 by more than $70 are now reaching their 2007 viduals are buying tables million. It was the first time levels. If this trend conof 10 for $1,500 each and January sales had topped tinues, it would certainly inviting employees of the the $200 million mark since be good news for our local economy. 2007, when about $250 mil-

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Tennessee. Funding is provided through roughly 40 federal and state grants and contributions. The caliber of lawyers is top-notch. “We have real lawyers with a passion for the work,” director Debra House says. A UT College of Law graduate, House has been with LAET for over 25 years. “It’s not just a stepping stone for young graduates,” she added. “We have many long-term employees who have dedicated their

careers to public service.” Staff attorney George Shields II focuses on elder law and decided to join LAET after clerking there as a student. Also a UT College of Law graduate, Shields served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force with tours of duty in Iraq and Qatar. Best summed up by director of marketing and communication Bill Evans, “LAET is a public interest law firm dedicated to the

Game night to toast nonprofit workers nonprofit of their choice to come and enjoy this event. Already lined up is staff from Pond Gap Elementary, KARM (Knox Area Rescue Ministries), Mobile Meals, hospice workers and a group of firefighters who worked hard at the recent wildfires in Gatlinburg and Sevier County. The games will be similar to those fun games on TV – “Most Popular Answer” is a “Family Feud”-type game. “The Answer Is” will be played and “Easy As 1-2-3” and “Face Off.” Gifts donated by local businesses will be raffled off. Underwood says 15 tables have already been sold and only a few more are available. Email him as soon as possible at

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Judge Gary Wade raises the bar Taking the reins as dean of the LMU-Duncan School of Law just 17 months ago, Judge Gary Wade has made notable inroads. A former Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court, Wade retired in 2014 and turned his considerable talents to leading the law school. During his tenure Wade has racked up impressive statistics: ■■87.5 percent passage rate for the July 2016 Tennessee bar exam ■■Highest overall employment rate among Tennessee law schools: 96 percent in 2015 ■■Rated best value law school by preLaw Magazine ■■Top 40 law school for bar preparation by National Jurist ■■Best Brief Award at the 28th annual National Criminal Procedure Tournament



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Sandra Clark We confirmed last week that his salary is just south of $50,000. Add that to the salaries of senior director Doug Bataille, $123,143; deputy dirctor Chuck James, $75,690; and Godlevsky, $50,936, and you see we’re paying about $310,000 for people to plan and manage a $300,000 budget for purchases and projects. How many folks do we need to tell us there’s no money?

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Depends on who you believe Butch and Tennessee assistant coaches talk as if they recruited well, assembled an excellent class of future Volunteers. Maybe they will be good enough to help win championships – which hasn’t happened around here in a long, long time. Fans seemed a little disappointed there was no late drama, no prize that switched at the last moment and went orange. Oh well. Recruiting analysts, almost ordinary people who get paid for perusing video and seeing stars, sound as if Tennessee finished in the middle of the Southeastern Conference pack, well behind the big boys but safely ahead of Vanderbilt. Based on that limited information, you can choose optimism, realism or pessimism, depending on who you believe. No matter how you view the recruiting scoreboard, whether your glass is half empty or half full, Tennessee is no closer to beating Alabama than it was last October. The Tide had more

(1) Securing offensive tackle Trey Smith, 6-5 and 310, of Jackson was a big win in more ways than size and need. It was very smart to have his sister employed in the athletic department. Perfectly legal. Also astute. Illustration of family atmosphere. (2) The fence Butch built around the state has a hole in it. Clemson and LSU slipped through and hit us hard. (3) Tennessee filled some vacancies but may not have signed the offensive gamebreaker or future all-American on defense. Here we go again: development can make up the difference. (4) Recruiting gets more difficult as you go along. In the beginning, Butch presented an exciting plan for restoring Tennessee credibility. Brick by brick. Some called it a vision. It was contagious.  There were glaring gaps in his inheritance. He could offer immediate playing time. Sign right here, young man, fill this void. Lyle Allen “Butch” Jones

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talent, has more talent and will have more next year. That reassigns the burden of victory to coaching or luck – development, strategy, precise execution or who drops the ball or misses a tackle. None of that has been a recent Tennessee strength. The Vols gathered several three-stars with great potential. When you hear about upside in recruiting, it usually means somebody else signed the top prospects and you got the couldbe guys, hopefuls and possibilities. Alabama was awesome, as usual. Georgia, with new coaches, came on boldly. LSU exceeded expectations.  There are several compelling thoughts about Tennessee recruiting.

Jr., a very good salesman, essentially solved the roster problem. The cupboard is no longer bare. The Vols are not juveniles. They have matured into adults. Lots of seniors on the next team. OK, some on defense contributed to record yards allowed. Unfortunately, the great goal in the sky has been capped at 9-4 and 9-4. Butch is 30-21 in four seasons. He is 1-3 against Florida, 2-2 versus Georgia, 2-2 against Vandy and not very good at all against the SEC West. The dream has been scarred by results. Prospects with medium intelligence might wonder how could you possibly lose to South Carolina? What if a parent sought an explanation of the Vanderbilt game? Forget it, that is past tense. The Vols won their bowl game. Recruiting was pretty good or at least soso. New coaches brighten the horizon. Some of the injured are healing. Spring practice is not far away.  If you chose optimism …

Mannis considers mayoral race Barber tells story of Gazan people

Eddie Mannis, deputy to Mayor Madeline Rogero during her first 18 months in office, is seriously looking at running for mayor. He is the owner and founder of Prestige Cleaners and a strong supporter of veterans. Mannis would be Eddie Mannis viable if he decides to run, but the primary is not until August 2019. He has lots of time to think it over. Mannis, 57, grew up in Inskip. He now lives on Kingston Pike across from Sequoyah Hills. His businesses employ 170 people. He has been heavily involved in the community over many years. It is likely he would have the active support of Rogero. Also being mentioned are council members Marshall Stair, 38, and George Wallace, a youthful, energetic 58. Mannis is the only one of these three who has served in the executive branch of city government – as did Rogero for thenMayor Bill Haslam, which assisted her in defeating Mark Padgett and Ivan Harmon in 2011. If all three actually seek the mayor’s office, the city would choose among three able, well-funded, energetic candidates who would bring different perspectives to the office but, in this writer’s opinion, are all well qualified to serve.

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Mannis’ views on pressing issues will evolve during a campaign. For Stair and Wallace, they have and are compiling a record of votes on council now which they can explain, promote and defend in 2019. The last member of council to be elected mayor was Kyle Testerman in 1971. Other council members have sought the office, including Bernice O’Connor, Casey Jones, Jean Teague, Ivan Harmon and Danny Mayfield. None succeeded. Some have suggested that Stair, who would be 41 in 2019, would be too young. Mayors elected in 1971 (Testerman) and 1975 (Randy Tyree) were under 40 years old. ■■ Bill Hagerty, former state commissioner of Economic and Community Development, will be the next ambassador to Japan. He will follow two Tennessee senators who served in Asia in the past 24 years: the late Senate Majority Leader Howard H. Baker Jr. (Japan) and former Sen. Jim Sasser (China). Hagerty worked on the Trump transition and wins favorable reviews wherever he works. He will be a very able and knowledgeable envoy to Japan, which has significant investment in Tennessee. Victor Ashe is a former mayor of Knoxville and U.S. Ambassador to Poland.

It’s going to take Brian Barber a while to get used to the word emeritus, but he will continue the work he’s been doing at the University of Tennessee for the past 30 years from his new home in Washington, D.C.

Brian Barber inspects the olive crop with Fuad, the patriarch of the first family that hosted Barber in Gaza. Barber still stays with them on his visits.

Betty Bean Barber, the founding director of UT’s International Center for Study of Youth and Political Conflict, studied a generation of Palestinian boys who grew up in the midst of violent political conflict in the territories of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. When he started, they were adolescents; today they are grown men, married with children of their own. A longtime professor of child and family studies and an adjunct professor of psychology at UT, the center he directed also conducted studies on the effects of violence on young people in Egypt and Bosnia. The center’s work has been supported by the U.S. National Institute for Mental Health, the Social Science Research Council, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Jerusalem Fund, the United States Institute for Peace and the Jacobs Foundation. And although the center closed Jan. 31, Barber will remain closely connected to UT, where he chaired the search committee to find his replacement and will return

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in the spring for a scheduled farewell party. “I have nothing but good feelings and good memories of the University of Tennessee,” Barber said. He is now an international security program fellow at New America and a  senior fellow, Institute for Palestine Studies. His work will be available on his personal website (http://, and he is writing a book he hopes to finish by the end of 2017 about five Gaza men, now entering their 40s, who are a subset of the larger group of Palestinian youth in the 30-year study. The working title is “Gaza’s grit: beauty, tenacity, betrayal and yearning from an ostracized corner of the world.” Barber said those four conditions are crucial to the story. “They’re all alive and healthy, and have been re-

markably tenacious in making their lives work under clearly degrading conditions, both political and economic. They are suffering for sure, but they are also making it work. One of the main messages of the book is that people in general are resourceful and value life and love and dignity. “They are doing well – as long as ‘well’ is understood as a very compact word, a single word that captures a very rich and deep set of conditions. ‘Well’ in this case does not mean carefree. It means survival.” Barber has lost track of the number of trips he has made to Palestine over the years, but estimates it’s between 30 and 50, sometimes staying for a month at a time. He has become particularly close to two families whom he says are among his best friends in

the world. “I’ve been a guest in their home over two decades. They’ve treated me as a son and a brother – and a father in some cases – they are tremendously warm and welcoming people, and some of my best friends in the world are there. This is one of the benefits of being a social scientist. You get to do your work on humanity, and humans connect. And these are very connectable people because of their inherent warmth and sense of hospitality. “Gazans feel very much lost and forgotten and betrayed, by everyone, and the only thing they’ve ever asked of me over two decades is to tell their story. And now, the book will tell their story to people across the world, I hope. Very few people will go to Gaza, so it’s my goal to take you there.”

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Setting a household budget can be a wise first step. In some cases, households

live without budgets – and because of that financial inattention, some of the money they could save and invest routinely disappears. When you set and live by a budget, you discipline yourself to spend only so much and save (or invest) some of the rest. You need not track every single expense, but try and track your expenses by category. You may find money to save as a result. Save first, invest next. If you are starting from scratch, creating an emergency fund should be the first priority. It should grow large enough to meet 6-9 months of living expenses. If no financial emergency transpires, then you will end up with a cash reserve for retirement as well as investments.

You may want to invest less aggressively than you once did. In some cases, young married couples can take on a lot of risk as they invest. Divorcees or widowers may not want to – there can be too much on the line, and too little time left to try and recoup portfolio losses. To understand the level of risk that may be appropriate for you at this point in life, chat with a financial professional.

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become important to consider when you are a single parent. If you have minor children, you have the option of creating a trust and naming the trust as the beneficiary of whatever policy you choose. Disability insurance is also a something to consider if you work in a physically taxing career. Name a guardian for your children in case the worst happens.1

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will need to recognize that when it comes to higher education, they will likely be on their own. When they are 18 or 20, you may be 50 or 55 – and the average retirement age in this country is currently 63. Drawing down your retirement accounts in your 50s is a serious mistake, and you should not entertain that idea. Any

attempt to build a college fund should be secondary to building and growing your retirement fund.2

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household may be receiving child support, alimony, insurance payments, and, perhaps, even Social Security income. In time, some of these income streams may dry up. Can you replace them with new ones? Are you prepared to ask for a raise or look for a higher-paying job if they dry up in the years preceding your retirement? Are you willing to work part-time in retirement to offset that lost income?

Consult a financial professional who has worked with single parents. Ask another single parent whom he or she turns to for such consulting, or seek out someone who has written about the topic. You want to plan your future with someone who has some familiarity with the experience, either personally or through

helping others in your shoes. Jonathan Bednar may be reached at 865-251-0808 or JonathanBednar@ This material was prepared by MarketingPro, Inc., and does not necessarily represent the views of the presenting party, nor their affiliates. This information has been derived from sources believed to be accurate. Please note - investing involves risk, and past performance is no guarantee of future results. The publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other professional services. If assistance is needed, the reader is advised to engage the services of a competent professional. This information should not be construed as investment, tax or legal advice and may not be relied on for the purpose of avoiding any Federal tax penalty. This is neither a solicitation nor recommendation to purchase or sell any investment or insurance product or service, and should not be relied upon as such. All indices are unmanaged and are not illustrative of any particular investment. Securities offered through LPL Financial. Member FINRA/ SIPC. Investment advice offered through Paradigm Wealth Partners, a registered investment advisor and separate entities from LPL Financial. Citations. 1 - [7/20/16] 2 - [5/3/16]

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HealtH & lifestyles News From Fort saNders regioNal medical ceNter

Lesson for life

Knox County principal turns stroke into learning experience Within hours after a stroke had garbled her speech and paralyzed her right hand, West View Elementary School principal Beth Blevins was making plans to turn her nightmare into a learning experience. From her hospital bed in the Neuro-Intensive Care Unit at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, Blevins was texting and making calls to her staff to schedule an educational program designed to teach the signs of a stroke to all 201 of her pre-kindergarten through fifth-graders. “On that day when I had no control in the morning, by that afternoon I was already starting to put my life back in place,” said Blevins, who had learned of the program only minutes earlier when she was introduced to Jered Collis, one of two registered nurses who cared for her in the NICU. “When Jered found out I was an elementary school principal, he told me that Fort Sanders Regional has this educational outreach program that goes into schools and teaches kids to recognize a stroke,” Blevins said. “I said ‘Absolutely!’ When you feel out of control, you need to start feeling in control of something. When he connected me with this program, I immediately started to get some of my control back and that to me

After experiencing a stroke, West View Elementary principal Beth Blevins invited the Fort Sanders Regional stroke team to her school to present their kid-friendly stroke education program.

was key to recovery.” It was Dec. 1 when Blevins grabbed her coffee as she went out the door of her Farragut home. Before backing out of her driveway, she sent a courtesy text message to Wes Haun, West View’s school resource officer, saying she should be arriving around 6:45 a.m. But as she got off the exit ramp on Sutherland Avenue, Blevins

began having trouble swallowing her coffee. “I just thought, ‘Man, that coffee is not sitting well with me this morning.’ I never thought anything about it,” she said. By the time she traveled one block and pulled into the school’s parking lot, she knew something was wrong. “I couldn’t put my finger on it,” she said. “I just felt funny. I didn’t

know if it was a stroke but I knew it was like one. I didn’t have any of the face droop though – nothing like that. It was just that I could not swallow, I couldn’t put my thoughts together and my speech was really garbled.” Blevins dialed Officer Haun from the parking lot. He rushed to her and quickly summoned an ambulance. “They were over here within, oh gosh, it felt like less than five minutes,” she said. “By that time I literally couldn’t even pick up my purse. My right hand couldn’t pick up anything.” Several students, members of West View’s safety patrol, watched as Blevins was lifted into the ambulance and whisked away to Fort Sanders Regional. There, she received the clot-busting drug, tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), within 38 minutes of her first symptom. “Within 10 minutes of them putting the tPA in my system, everything came back!” she exclaimed. “Everything!” Before she knew it, she was wheeled into NICU and introduced to Collis. He immediately put at her ease, explaining her treatment and showing his concern as he told her about the hospital’s stroke education program for kids. “He was phenomenal,” Blevins

said. “He told me everything that I needed to know, everything that was happening with me, everything about every procedure. He was wonderful.” Collis wasn’t the only one who impressed her. “From the moment that I was taken off of the stretcher and put into my first CAT scan everybody at Fort Sanders was wonderful,” she said. “Even though I couldn’t speak, they didn’t assume that I couldn’t think. It was a scary time and it was important to me that they talked me through everything.” Blevins was discharged the following day with only a lingering headache and some mild cognition problems. Two weeks later, she was back in school finalizing plans for a Dec. 22 program on stroke recognition presented by Fort Sanders’ stroke team. “Before we left for the holidays, all of my school kids had received this education and the book, ‘Can My Dog Have a Stroke?’” said Blevins. “They learned about the brain and what a stroke really is and what a stroke really isn’t. Every one of my kids now knows about it and they’re not scared – which is really good because, as much as I wanted to protect them from that, they saw the ambulance come for me that day.”

FAST payoff for Stroke Team program Students attending the Dec. 22 stroke education program at West View Elementary learned a lot about a complicated topic – stroke. Through the analogy of a traffic jam, they learned how the blood flows through the brain. They learned how to recognize the signs of a stroke using the FAST (Face, Arm, Speech, Time) acronym. They watched a short cartoon with a catchy tune about stroke, and they talked about exercise and eating right – and they asked questions. “It is important for elementary students to know about stroke because more people are having strokes at an earlier age – about

40 percent of our patient population are younger than 65 years old,” said registered nurse Tracy Dwight, stroke coordinator at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. “We hope to send the message that the children can be the ‘stroke heroes’ for their family if someone experiences signs and symptoms of a stroke. We encourage the children to call 911 if needed and we go through a mock call to practice what to say.” Launched in December 2014 to meet a Joint Commission standard requiring a comprehensive stroke center to reach out to the community to offer stroke educa- Principal Beth Blevins poses with a group of her students who became “stroke heroes” after learning signs and tion, the program’s first stop was symptoms from the Fort Sanders Regional Stroke Team.

Students had the opportunity to practice 911 calls and memorized important information that first responders need to treat a stroke quickly and effectively.

Dogwood Elementary School in south Knoxville. “We thought it would be fun to reach out to children and so we targeted third-graders,” said Dwight. “We were trying to think outside the box and target a different audience.” Along the way, the students’ questions inspired another project: a book titled, “Can My Dog Have a Stroke?” A copy of the book is included in goody bags given to the kids during the half-hour

program. The bag also includes a brain-shaped stress ball, a refrigerator magnet, an activity book and wallet cards with the FAST message. When a stroke sent West View’s principal to the hospital on Dec. 1, she learned about the program from her nurse and immediately wanted to bring it to her students. “I couldn’t believe it when I heard she had requested to see the book,” said Dwight. “We didn’t have a pulse on how effective the

book would be or how the community might receive it. When we received the request, it sort of confirmed that we really have made an impact for stroke education in our community. It was an ‘aha’ moment that affirmed we could be making a difference.” East Tennessee teachers interested in scheduling the elementary stroke education program for their school should contact Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center at 865-541-1111.

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Shopper news • February 8, 2017 • B-3

Madison Holland-Davis, 3, gets a boost from the music and from dad Stan Davis and mom Michelle Holland.

Richard Jolley’s “Cycle of Life” Sky shines over the Great Hall during Southern Avenue’s set at Alive After Five. Sandy Larson, choreographer and director of the Sandsation Dancers, gets a kick from dancing with some of her students.

Music moves Alive After Five crowd By Betsy Pickle

Andrea Wilson and Jamie Zambo find their space on the dance floor.

One of the country’s hottest young blues bands, Southern Avenue from Memphis, warmed up a chilly evening at last Friday’s Alive After Five at the Knoxville Museum of Art. The dance floor was packed as music lovers of all ages grooved to the talented band: singer Tierinii Jackson, guitarist Ori Naftaly, drummer Tikyra Jackson, bassist Daniel McKee and keyboardist Jeremy Powell. Those who were hungry for more than music filled up on yummy-smelling delectables from Jackie’s Dream (2223 McCalla Ave.). Jackie Griffin’s menu for the night included meatloaf, cole slaw, collard greens, pinto beans, sliced tomatoes and onions.

At least three people celebrated birthdays at the event. Attendees represented all age groups, with perhaps the most enthusiastic dancers coming from the far ends of the spectrum – adorable tots and lively seniors. Sandy Larson, owner and artistic director of Sandsation Dance & Yoga, and a group of her students showed some fancy moves. Others enjoyed simply sitting and listening to the music. Regular Monica Willis said, “It’s a great way to spend a Friday evening.” Upcoming Alive After Five performers include: ■■ Feb. 10 – Wallace Coleman ■■ Feb. 24 – “Fat Friday Mardi Gras” with Roux Du Bayou ■■ March 10 – Kelle Jolly & The Women in Jazz Jam Festival

Evan Melgaard watches the band as daughter Cobi and wife Shannon dance.

“Bluesman Barry” Faust plants a kiss on wife Debbie as they dance to Southern Avenue.

Knoxvillian Chris Straight takes a photo of new friends Liming Xu and Ellen Xu of Asheville in front of Leo Villareal’s “Big Bang” piece in the Virtual Views exhibit as Southern Avenue’s music floats throughout the museum.

Gregory Holt celebrates his 60th birthday with his wife of 28 years, Jean, his sister, Lisa Faulkner, and her husband, William. Photos by Betsy Pickle

HAPPENINGS ■■ “Outside Mullingar” will be performed on the Clarence Brown Mainstage through Feb. 19. The production features a UT faculty member and visiting professional guest actors. Performance schedule/tickets: 974-5161 or ■■ Scott Miller performing, 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. Tickets: $18-$20; may not be available at the door. Info/tickets: ■■ “The Barbarosa: The story of the legendary pirate Anne Bonny,” 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay St. Presented by GO! Contemporary Dance Works. Info/ tickets: or 539-2475. ■■ Harvey Broome Group meeting, 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike. Program: “Welcome to the Big South Fork NRRA and Obed Wild & Scenic River” by Ranger Daniel Banks. ■■ Knoxville Civil War Roundtable,

8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, Bearden Banquet Hall, 5806 Kingston Pike. Speaker: Dr. Earl J. Hess. Topic: Napoleonic tactics and the advent of the rifle musket. Lecture only, $5; dinner begins 7 p.m., $17 including lecture. RSVP: noon Monday, Feb. 13: 671-9001. ■■ “Jazz is for Lovers with Carmen Bradford,” 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay St. Presented by Knoxville Jazz Orchestra and Bistro by the Tracks. Tickets: $35.50 adult, $15 student. Info/tickets:, 684-1200, Tennessee Theatre Box office. ■■ Marble City Opera presents “Opera, Chocolate & Wine,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 16-18, The Modern Studio, 109 W. Anderson Ave. Featuring local performers Brandon Gibson and Michael Rodgers. General admission: $50. Info/tickets: ■■ “Wild Woman & Her Sacred Gypsy” Trunk Show, 5-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, Broadway Studios and Gallery, 1127 N. Broadway. Handcrafted Sculptural Jewelry Collection by artist Sheri Treadwell from Temple of Trust Studios. Info: 556-8676, or ■■ Freedom Christian Academy open house, 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, Chilhowee Hills Baptist Church, 4615 Asheville Highway. Potential students and their families can visit classrooms, meet the teachers and view grade specific curriculum. Info: or 525-7807. ■■ Handbuilding with Clay class, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 20-March 6, Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61, Norris. Instructor: Janet McCracken. Registration deadline: Feb. 13. Info/registration: 494-9854 or ■■ Conversations and Cocktails talk: “Adorned Identities: An Archaeological Perspective on Race in 18th-century Virginia” by anthropology doctoral student Hope Smith, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, Holly’s Gourmet’s Market and Café, 5107 Kingston Pike. Hosted by the UT Humanities Center. Reservations required; seating limited. Reservations: 330-0123. ■■ One Bag/One Day! clay workshop, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, Appalachian Arts Craft Center,

2716 Andersonville Highway 61, Norris. Instructor: Sandra McEntire. Registration deadline: Feb. 15. Info/registration: 494-9854 or ■■ Knoxville Writers’ Group meeting, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, Naples Italian Restaurant, 5500 Kingston Pike. Guest speaker: Judith Duvall, poet and fiction author. Visitors welcome. Allinclusive lunch: $12. Reservation deadline, Monday, Feb. 20. Info/ reservation: 983-3740. ■■ Books Sandwiched In: “The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace,” noon Wednesday, Feb. 22, East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Info: 215-8801. ■■ 48th Jubilee Festival, FridaySunday, Feb. 24-28, Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. Concerts, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; Old Harp Singing, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15, some discounts available. Sunday singing: free. Tickets: knoxtix. com, 523-7521, at the door. Info: ■■ Family Search in Detail, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Instructor: Eric Head and/

or Dr. George K. Schweitzer. Info/ registration beginning Feb. 13: 215-8809. ■■ Choral Music for Brass, Percussion and Organ, performed by the Knoxville Choral Society, 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, West Hills Baptist Church, 409 Winston Road. Tickets: adults, $15; students, $5. Tickets available at Rush’s Music, from any choral society member and at the door. Info: ■■ Beginner Smocked Baby Bonnet class, 1-4 p.m. Friday, March 3, and 1-3 p.m. Friday, March 19, Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61, Norris. Instructor: Beth Cannon. Registration deadline: Feb. 24. Info/registration: 494-9854 or ■■ First Friday gallery exhibition, 6-10 p.m. Friday, March 3, A1 LabArts Studio 23 Emory Place. Exhibit centers around “Beer Girl” by Walter Wykes, a sudsy 10-minute comedy performing three times throughout the evening. Gallery admission is free; tax-deductible donations accepted. Info: MovingTheatreKnoxville@gmail. com.

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Pain relief – Making a run for it Once Marissa Carnes started running, she was hooked. With help from Parkwest Therapy Center at Fort Sanders West, today she’s in training for two half marathons. Carnes’ first race was a 5K in Blount County three years ago, followed by a 10K at Turkey Creek. Since then she has completed the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon and 13 half marathons in locations from Chicago to Las Vegas, and from Oak Ridge to Oklahoma. “Training for the full marathon was hard to fit into my schedule, because I work seven days per week,” Carnes says, “but I just wanted to be able to say I did it.” Carnes loves running so much that she decided to dive into triathlons, which are races featuring running, biking and swimming. But while training for her very first triathlon last winter, Carnes ran into an unexpected problem. “I started having pain in my hip and buttock area,” she says. Carnes pushed through the pain and finished the race, anyway. During training for her second triathlon, she was also plagued with knee pain. Carnes says she kept thinking the pain would go away on its own, but it never did. As a matter of fact, it got worse. She eventually was able to do only a fourth of the training she needed. “The pain in my right knee was pretty bad – it would swell up and get stiff, and the pain in my right buttock made it painful to sit,” Carnes says. “My whole right leg felt like it wanted to give out.” The pain that first interfered with her race training began to interfere with her everyday life. “I was not able to go up and down the stairs,” Carnes says, “and I had to take the elevator at work.” Carnes had to cancel her plans

Marissa Carnes greets wellwishers at the 2015 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon. Physical therapy at Parkwest Therapy Center has helped Carnes continue to pursue her passion for running.

to participate in both a half marathon in Oregon and a full marathon in Ohio. The pain was constant. “I put (athletic) tape on my knee and buttocks so that I could run, and I also took ibuprofen and acetaminophen,” Carnes says, “but my leg wasn’t responding.” Carnes thought her spine was the source of her problems. But

after eight visits with a spine physical therapist didn’t help, she asked her doctor to refer her for an MRI. Next came a visit with a sports orthopedic doctor, who finally unlocked the secret to her pain. “He diagnosed me with patellar tendinitis in the right knee, and ischial bursitis in my right buttock,” Carnes says.

her schedule wasn’t easy, but it was worth it. “He was wonderful and helpful,” Carnes says of her physical therapist. “He also gave me some exercises to do at home, and he tried to accommodate my schedule.” Carnes’ therapy included ASTYM, a system of physical therapy that helps with soft tissue mobilization, and promotes healing. It’s one of the reasons Carnes is glad she went to Parkwest Therapy Center – not all physical therapists are certified in ASTYM therapy. The results can be seen on the race course, and in Carnes’ smile as she crosses the finish line. “I did the 10K Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day,” Carnes says. “I’m able to run again, and am training for the Gasparella Race in Tampa, Florida, this coming February.” The Florida race consists of two half marathons in one weekend. It’s a feat that wouldn’t be possible for Carnes without the help of Parkwest Therapy Center. “I love that place,” Carnes says. “They are nice and very accommodating, everybody there was great … I’m back to my running life!” Physical therapy services are available via a referral by a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant. Depending on your insurance company’s requirements, you may be able to self-refer without a physician order, saving you time and money. The orthopedic doctor To learn more about services put her knee in a brace, and provided by Parkwest and other recommended physical therapy Covenant Therapy Centers, visit with Phil Bevins at Parkwest, Therapy Center. Making time in or call 865-531-5710.

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your friends and family to join you at the starting line on the Clinch Avenue Bridge, at Tyson Park to see runners on the Third Creek Greenway or at the finish line at the stadium. The runners will need your support as they complete each mile. All the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon races require volunteers to staff water stations and make sure runners stay on course. Look for opportunities starting now to help at the races. Information and registration for the Knoxville Marathon events can be found online at


Registration is now open for the 2017 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon. The annual event includes a full and half marathon, relay, 5K and Kids Run. This year the full and half marathons and relays will be held on Sunday, April 2, and the 5K and Covenant Kids Run will be held on Saturday, April 1. The full marathon is still certified as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. Join other runners across the region and nation as they wind through Fort Sanders and downtown, enjoy the screaming fans in Sequoyah Hills and finish on the field at Neyland Stadium. If you’d like to watch from the sidelines, encourage

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